11-24-2014, 05:45 PM
Re: Maribou quality
When you say "junk" what exactly do you mean?
Extra Select Marabou is generally very good quality, but it is a longer feather and has a thicker stem, so you'll be cutting from that and lashing down to the hook. These are better used on larger flies.
With the strung blood quill feathers, I have had decent luck with Hareline or the branded packages I have picked up in fly shops.
I've had good luck with Spirit River products so I wouldn't hesitate to try those.
For the most part, I think it's a **** shoot to a degree but have mostly had good luck. If you've got bad feathers, make note of where you picked them up and look for an alternate resource for marabou. I think if you are getting into the really speciality feather suppliers, you're likely to get better quality, but that is a broad generalization. I haven't tried these sorts of shops for marabou because largely I've been satisfied with what I've bought.
One thing you may try is to pinch the feather by the tip and stroke the rest of it downward. Doing so helps release some of the fibers that get bunched together during the curing/dying process.
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Last edited by jaybo41; 11-24-2014 at 07:40 PM.